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ERIC Number: ED361073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-25
Pages: 15
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Children's Awareness of Their Social Behaviors.
MacDonald, Christine D.
This study examined children's awareness of peers' perception of them in three areas of social behavior: Sociability-Leadership, Aggressive-Disruptive, and Sensitive-Isolated. Subjects were 175 first- through fifth-grade students who evaluated same-sex classmates using the standard version of the Revised Class Play (RCP) behavior nomination measure. Subjects also completed a perspective-taking version of the RCP, which measured subjects' beliefs about peer perceptions of their behavior. In addition, students evaluated same-sex classmates using standard sociometric nominations and ratings. Based on these data, students were assigned to five sociometric status groups: popular, rejected, neglected, controversial, and average. Results indicated that RCP scores (peer evaluations) significantly added to predictability over and above gender, grade, and sociometric status for awareness of both Sociability-Leadership and Aggressive Disruptive social behaviors. Children improved with age in their accuracy of their beliefs about their peers' perceptions of their Aggressive-Disruptive behaviors. Accuracy of perceptions of Sensitive-Isolated behaviors was not related to scores on these behaviors or other variables. Sociometric status did not predict awareness of behaviors, suggesting that whereas behaviors are correlated with sociometric status, awareness of those behaviors by the children is relatively independent of this classification. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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